The Strasburg, Va., company successfully retained the character and age of the home, built in the 1800s, yet transformed it into an inviting living space fit for entertaining.
C&S Landscaping of VA has been named the June semi-finalist for the 2010 Landscaper’s Challenge, sponsored by New Holland Construction. The company highlighted the character and age of a residence in Strasburg, Va., built in the 1800s, to create a living space for entertaining, relaxing and celebrating.
Project: Ye Olde Community Gathering Space
Total man hours to complete: over 1,500
Synopsis: This project demonstrated C&S’s best work because of the scope and difficulty of making each space its own, while retaining the character and age of the home. Craig Morris and Mike Marcheterre of Strasburg, Va., wanted to create an outdoor living space for entertainment and relaxation. The drainage of the backyard was one of the bigger challenges. The clients wanted to create an inviting entryway that led their guests to the main entertaining space. From the driveway of Pine Hall Bricks in a herringbone pattern, the sidewalk leads you to the home and to the outdoor living space. An arbor of Douglas Fir draped with Climbing Hydrangea invites you to walk a little further. The sidewalks are made from 1860's recycled pavers with the joints filled with Gator Sand. The path leads you to the Ham Shack (a concrete block “shack” transformed into a designer's sitting room complete with fireplace and shoe shine box collection) and the main flagstone patio areas with sitting walls faced with real stone veneer. To finish off the exposed concrete, C&S used a real stone veneer on the steps, the landing, and base of the Ham Shack. A sunken patio invites you to discover another path leading to the breakfast nook with a breathtaking view of the distant mountains. All of these spaces are surrounded with lush landscape plantings. There is a cutting garden plus a rain garden to capture all of the storm runoff from all of the buildings of the home, Ham Shack, and Carriage House. To create a sense of community, the clients wanted to build a community vegetable and flower garden to share with their immediate neighbors. A small orchard complements the vegetable gardens and uses an otherwise unusable space.
For more information about C&S Landscaping of VA, visit http://www.cslandscaping.com